A canvas print of a ‘teddy bear’ is on display at Hawes

A CANVAS print of a “traveling bear” is currently on display in an art gallery in the Dales.

The Chapel Gallery, Hawes, presents the canvas print The Traveling Teddy Bear visiting the Ribblehead Viaduct by German photographer Olaf von Dombrowski.

The idea is inspired by a travel diary of the photographer’s mother, who was then going through a difficult period. The “teddy bear adventures” and photos showing him in all the places he visited gave Olaf’s mother a new zest for life.

Thus was born the idea of ​​making people happy with The Traveling Teddy Bear. When Olaf’s wife, Birgit, started posting photos of the bear on vacation in Cornwall on Facebook two years later, showing beautiful, interesting and almost unknown places, the story suddenly took off.

The organizer of ART8 – Newquay Arts Festival invited the photographer to exhibit his images at the 2013 event. This has since led to over 40 exhibitions in England, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Among them, several highlights, such as the participation in an exhibition of more than eight months at the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum in honor of the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The Traveling Teddy Bear photo prints, limited to 25 copies, have inspired minds and the annual calendars, limited to 250 copies, have become “cult objects and collector’s items”.

Olaf von Dombrowski was born in Celle (Germany) in 1960. He grew up in Celle, Bad Nenndorf and Emden, where he started making music. In the early 1980s, Olaf gave up making music and moved to Cologne, where he worked for record label EMI Records for about seven years, followed by another seven years at three different music industry agencies. , before managing an internationally renowned record label. disco as general manager for about 13 years. He then returned to his old hobby of photography and started The Teddy Bear Project in 2010.

The museum is open Monday to Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more details about the museum, see chapelgalleryhawes.com.

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